I love to give homemade gifts for Christmas or birthdays, and I recently started making potholders to gift to my family. For this tutorial, I made simple Christmas potholders. You will need quilting cotton for the front, back, and binding, and Insulbright batting for the inside. I used 1/2 yard of the red and green, and 1/4 yard of the Winter Wishes print for my potholders. I also purchased 1/2 yard of Insulbright.
I started by cutting a 6.5 inch square of my white print for the center of my potholder. I then cut 4 strips of red 2.5 inches by 6.5 inches and 4 squares of green that were 2.5 inches on all sides. I also cut a 12.5″ square of green for the back and two 12.5″ squares of Insulbright. My binding was cut at 2.5″ by the width of fabric for this size potholder. Your binding amount will be different depending on the size of your potholder.
First piece the top of your potholder. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance and sewed each horizontal row together.
After sewing, press the seams in opposite directions as shown and then piece the rows together. I like to pin or clip at each seam to make sure they are matched.
Next layer your backing, then two layers of Insulbright, and finally your quilt square. Pin the layers together.
After pinning, quilt the layers together using the design of your choice. I chose to quilt around the center square and each corner square.
After quilting, square up your quilt block. I used my ruler to trim the potholder to be 10.25″ square.
To finish the edges of the potholder, press the binding strip wrong sides together. Pin the binding onto the wrong side of the potholder leaving the first 3-4 inches unsewn.
Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance stopping 1/4″ before the corner and back stitch.
Next, fold the binding to the right at a 45 degree angle.
Then fold the binding back onto itself even with the right edge of the potholder. Begin stitching 1/4″ from the corner and continue this process for each corner.
When all 4 corners are sewn, fold the beginning end of the binding strip in 1/2″. Then place the final end inside the folded binding to encase the raw edges. Stitch to where to the binding stitching began and backstitch to finish. The folded edge is visible just above my fingers in the below photo.
Flip the potholder to the right side and fold the binding around encasing the raw edge of the potholder. Topstitch just inside the folded edge of the binding. Fold the corners around to form a 45 degree miter on the front as well.
Here is the finished view of the front binding sewn.
I can’t wait to see your finished potholders. These would be lovely paired with Genie’s personalized dish towels from the blog last week. Have a wonderful holiday season!